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NK Slaven Belupo, often referred to simply as Slaven and known internationally as NK Slaven Koprivnica, is a Croatianmarker football club based in the city of Koprivnicamarker in the north of the country. They play their home matches at Gradski stadion in Koprivnica.

History

The first football club in Koprivnica was founded back in June 1907, when a student team was formed and named Đački nogometni klub, which is Croatian for Students' Football Club. The name Slaven first appeared when a sports club named HŠK Slaven was founded by the members of the Friedrich family on August 20, 1912 and this is considered to be the foundation date of the present-day club. The club won the Croatian regional championship in 1920. Slaven was subsequently renamed HŠK Victorija, but was then disbanded due to financial difficulties and the city of Koprivnica was subsequently without a football club for four years, between 1926 and 1930.

Between 1930 and 1945, the club was known as HŠK Koprivnica, HŠK Danica and RNHŠK Sloga, before the name Slaven returned with the foundation of FD Slaven. Between 1953 and 1958, the club was known as SD Podravka and was then renamed NK Slaven. The name Slaven remained until today, with only the names of the club's principal sponsors being added to it. The club was thus known as NK Slaven Bilokalnik between 1992 and 1994, after which it was given its current name following a sponsorship agreement with the Koprivnica-based pharmaceutical company Belupo.

Slaven gained their first promotion to the Prva HNL in 1997 and have been playing in the league without relegation ever since. In 2000, they surprisingly finished fifth in the Prva HNL and qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup. In their first Intertoto Cup appearance, they managed to reach the third round of the competition before being eliminated by Czechmarker club SK Sigma Olomouc after losing 2-0 at home and getting a goalless draw on the road. One year later, they repeated the success and were only stopped by renowned Englishmarker club Aston Villa F.C. with a 3-2 aggregate defeat. In their next two Intertoto Cup appearances, they were even more successful as they reached the semifinals of the competition on both occasions, only to be eliminated after losing to renowned clubs Stuttgart from Germanymarker and Lille from Francemarker respectively. Their last Intertoto Cup appearance in 2005 ended in the third round with a 4-0 aggregate defeat to Spanishmarker club Deportivo La Coruña.

In 2007, the club reached the Croatian Cup final after beating defending Cup holders NK Rijeka 3-2 in the second leg of the semifinals, going on to play Dinamo Zagreb in the final. Although losing to Dinamo in the final, 2-1 on aggregate, Slaven took a place in the UEFA Cup qualifying for the first time in their history, since their opponents had already qualified for the UEFA Champions League by virtue of having won the Prva HNL.

Slaven reached the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup 2007-08, beating Albanianmarker side KS Teuta Durrës 8-4 on aggregate before being eliminated after a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Turkish club Galatasaray S.K.. In 2008, Slaven finished runners-up in the Croatian league, which is their best domestic result to date.

On August 28, 2008 NK Slaven Belupo qualified for the UEFA Cup 2008-09 by beating Aris of Greecemarker 2-0 at their home stadium, to reach an aggregate score of 2-1, thereby achieving arguably the best result in the history of the club.

Current squad

As of August 27, 2009

Notable players





Recent seasons

Season League Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
1997–98 1.HNL 32 11 5 16 31 56 38 9th R2
1998–99 1.HNL 32 10 9 13 39 44 39 7th SF
1999–2000 1.HNL 33 12 13 8 34 34 49 5th QF Marijo Dodik 13
2000–01 1.HNL 32 11 11 10 39 37 44 5th R2 Intertoto Cup R3 Marijo Dodik 17
2001–02 1.HNL 30 11 9 10 34 36 41 6th R1 Intertoto Cup R3 Miljenko Kovačić 9
2002–03 1.HNL 32 12 4 16 37 36 40 7th R2 Intertoto Cup SF Marijo Dodik 12
2003–04 1.HNL 32 10 10 12 37 39 40 9th R2 Srebrenko Posavec 10
2004–05 1.HNL 32 12 9 11 37 41 45 6th QF Intertoto Cup SF Ivica Karabogdan 11
2005–06 1.HNL 32 10 11 11 46 48 41 8th QF Intertoto Cup R3 Marijo Dodik
Igor Musa
Bojan Vručina

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2006–07 1.HNL 33 14 7 12 40 37 49 5th RU Bojan Vručina 11
2007–08 1.HNL 33 16 6 11 45 29 54 2nd QF UEFA Cup QR2 Stjepan Poljak 8
2008–09 1.HNL 33 16 7 10 46 39 55 4th QF UEFA Cup R1 Bojan Vručina 14


European record

Summary

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Years
UEFA Cup / Europa League 16 7 2 7 35 18 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Intertoto Cup 34 17 7 10 50 30 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
Total 50 24 9 17 85 48


Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 2 September 2009
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against


By Season

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg
2000–01 Intertoto Cup R1 Glenavon 3–0 1–1 4–1
R2 Zagłębie Lubin 0–0 1–1 1–1
R3 Sigma Olomouc 1–1 0–1 1–2
2001–02 Intertoto Cup R1 Anorthosis 7–0 2–0 9–0
R2 Bastia 1–0 1–0 2–0
R3 Aston Villa 2–1 0–2 2–3
2002–03 Intertoto Cup R1 OD Trenčín 5–0 1–3 6–3
R2 Belenenses 2–0 1–0 3–0
R3 Marek Dupnitsa 3–1 3–0 6–1
SF VfB Stuttgart 0–1 1–2 1–3
2004–05 Intertoto Cup R1 Hibernians 3–0 1–2 4–2
R2 Vllaznia 2–0 0–1 2–1
R3 Spartak Trnava 0–0 2–2 2–2
SF Lille 1–1 0–3 1–4
2005–06 Intertoto Cup R1 Drava Ptuj 1–0 1–0 2–0
R2 Gloria Bistriţa 3–2 1–0 4–2
R3 Deportivo La Coruña 0–3 0–1 0–4
2007–08 UEFA Cup QR1 Teuta 6–2 2–2 8–4
QR2 Galatasaray 1–2 1–2 2–4
2008–09 UEFA Cup QR1 Marsaxlokk 4–0 4–0 8–0
QR2 Aris Thessaloniki 2–0 0–1 2–1
R1 CSKA Moscow 1–2 0–1 1–3
2009–10 Europa League QR1 Birkirkara 1–0 0–0 1–0
QR2 Milano 8–2 4–0 12–2
QR3 Tromsø 0–2 1–2 1–4


Last updated on 2 September 2009

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